My students need mirrors and pastels to help them draw their self portraits.
This project expired on February 8, 2011.
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Students need a safe way to observe their own facial structure so they can create self portraits that really look like them!
We serve a wide variety of students at our public school.
Most of our students live in the small towns and in the country around our school. We have a moderate poverty level. Students enter our school as third graders and continue through fifth grade before beginning middle school.
One of the Fine Arts Grade Level Expectations for students is to create a proportional drawing of their own face. After we practice the correct proportions, we will create more portraits by abstracting or emphasizing specific features. Right now we are using photos to do this, but mirrors would allow students more immediate feedback, as well as, allowing the student to see the changes a simple movement makes to their expression.
Students in this age range are just beginning to notice the similarities and the differences between themselves an their peers.
We spend time discussing how to observe the proportions of the human face and recognizing the differences that make our faces unique. Students have to work hard to dismiss that internal image of the circle for a face with eyes placed high in the circle. Mirrors will help students really look at the elements that make up their own facial structure.
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